3rd. XI v. Norton Lindsey
On 20th. July, the Club’s 3rd. XI were hosting Norton Lindsey in their win/lose format Division 6 match in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League at its Harbury Ground with both sides chasing a third consecutive win. It was the visitors who achieved it and won the match by 8 wickets.
Home skipper Geoff Edmunds won the toss and elected to bat first, but was soon ruing that decision when Umar Umashanka was caught behind by Penrose second ball, Kenilworth 0 for 1. Will Machin joined Dan Roden, but after the pair looked set, Roden was caught off the bowling of Dewar for 5, Kenilworth 16 for 2 in the 8th over. Andy Dadswell was next man in, the pair added ten in five overs, but on 26 Machin was caught off Green for 14, Kenilworth 26 for 3. Matt Dadswell joined Andy Dadswell, but was bowled by Richardson for 3, now 29 for 4, Ed Smith was caught off Green in the next over and Kenilworth were struggling on 29 for 5. Louis Smitheson and Andy Dadswell added ten more together, before Smitheson was bowled by Richardson for 4, now the score was 39 for 6. Dadswell was then caught off Rushton for 11, Kenilworth found themselves in deep trouble on 41 for 7 in the 22nd over. Christian Mortlock and John Mortlock were now at the crease together, John was caught off Rushton for 5, 51 for 8, Christian was ninth and last man out, bowled by Jamal for 5, Geoff Edmunds one not out, with Dan Barrie absent ill, Kenilworth were all out for a paltry 54 in only 28 overs. For Norton Lindsey, Richardson, Green and Rushton all took two wickets each.
In reply, Norton lost a wicket in the second over, Richardson caught behind by Andy Dadswell off Matt Dadswell for 2, the visitors 3 for 1. The visitors continued to struggle against the Kenilworth bowling, Ed Smith giving nothing away, after 10 overs, Norton were 13 for 1. More tidy bowling from change bowlers John Mortlock and Geoff Edmunds, and Mortlock affected the run out of Purser for 2, getting a finger to a drive by Dewar, Norton 19 for 2 on the 14th over. The visitors continued to crawl towards their target, overs came and went, Smith returned for his last two overs, although not taking a wicket, he only went for 5 runs in his nine overs. However, Norton continued to inch towards their target, eventually getting over line in the 33rd over, Dewar ending 28 not out and Penrose 13 not out, Norton 55 for 2, winning by eight wickets, for Kenilworth the only wicket taker was Matt Dadswell with 1 for 8 from four overs.
Kenilworth taking just one point, on a day when the Kenilworth batsmen found ways to get out.